Sally Jacobs, the author of a new book about President Barack Obama’s father, states that President Obama’s dad once seriously thought about putting his son up for adoption.
Today in the Boston Globe, Jacobs writes that:
In the spring of 1961, President Obama’s father revealed a plan for his unborn son that might have changed the course of American political history.
The elder Barack H. Obama, a sophomore at the University of Hawaii, had come under scrutiny by federal immigration officials who were concerned that he had more than one wife. When he was questioned by the school’s foreign student adviser, the 24-year-old Obama insisted that he had divorced his wife in his native Kenya. Although his new wife, Ann Dunham, was five months pregnant with their child — who would be called Barack Obama II — Obama declared that they intended to put their child up for adoption.
“Subject got his USC (United States citizen) wife ‘Hapai’ [Hawaiian for pregnant] and although they were married they do not live together and Miss Dunham is making arrangements with the Salvation Army to give the baby away,” according to a memo describing the conversation with Obama written by Lyle H. Dahling, an administrator in the Honolulu office of what was then called the US Immigration and Naturalization Service.
Jacobs’ new book, entitled “The Other Barack: The Bold and Reckless Life of President Obama’s Father,” is set for publication on Tuesday. President Obama’s mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, died in 1995.
Jacobs also wrote that no one in the Obama Administration was aware that the president was nearly put up for adoption. Jacobs says the following:
Robert L. Gibbs, the former White House press secretary, said at the time the document was released that President Obama had never been told that his mother had considered putting him up for adoption. Nor, Gibbs said, was Obama previously aware of the INS memo.
Gibbs said that the White House had made no effort to determine if Dunham had ever had a conversation with the Salvation Army. The president, he added, “is absolutely convinced that she did not.”